Newsletter 660


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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus
  FiveBooks interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]The Rumour Machine
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/IYOMmm

Wang Hui | London Review Of Books | 3 May 2012

Fine analysis of Bo Xilai's downfall. "The important question is
  whether the scandal will encourage the development of a politics of
  democratic participation or merely end up reinforcing China’s practice
  of ‘backroom politics’" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. https://thebrowser.com/articles/rumour-machine

[7]How Economists Have Misunderstood Inequality
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/Iy04AS

Brad Plumer | Washington Post | 3 May 2012

Interview with economist James Galbraith. "There are common global
  patterns in economic inequality across different countries that appear
  to be very strongly related to major events affecting the world economy
  as a whole" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. https://thebrowser.com/articles/how-economists-have-misunderstood-inequality

[9]Is Origami The Future Of Tech?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/INTy9R

Drake Bennett | Businessweek | 3 May 2012

Deep dive into the cutting-edge science of folding, and its possible
  technological applications. "It’s a manufacturing strategy that we
  think is going to revolutionize everything from microelectronics to toy
  manufacturing" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. https://thebrowser.com/articles/origami-future-tech

[11]Rediscovering Literacy
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ILDSB4

Venkatesh Rao | Ribbon Farm | 3 May 2012

Literacy used to denote "linguistic sophistication", and was a skill
  that could be refined with practice. Now it simply means "reading and
  writing", and is no more than a "set of mechanical tests". What will
  the future hold? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. https://thebrowser.com/articles/rediscovering-literacy

[13]Raise The Holy Sail
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/IPvGw8

Timothy Brook | Literary Review | 4 May 2012

Most think of Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama as intrepid
  explorers, bold and honourable men. Few realise their real motivation
  was to see a Christian reconquest of the Middle East, with all Muslims
  and Jews eradicated [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. https://thebrowser.com/articles/raise-holy-sail

[15]Mysterious Case Of The Vanishing Genius
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/J5t7KA

Mike Martin | Psychology Today | 1 May 2012

Marge Profit was a maverick thinker in evolutionary biology, possibly a
  genius, but never settled down in academia. Won a MacArthur grant,
  published three landmark papers while still in her thirties—and then
  vanished, in 2004 [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. https://thebrowser.com/articles/mysterious-case-vanishing-genius

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Ma Jian on Chinese Dissident Literature
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/ma-jian-on-chinese-dissident-literature

Writers in China are afraid to criticise their state and society, says
  the London-based author. He picks five works of Chinese literature,
  from the 3rd century BC to 2008, which show how it’s done [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/ma-jian-on-chinese-dissident-literature

Featured Special Report

[19]Wine
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/reports/wine

From filthy plonk to first growth Bordeaux, there's something for every
  palate in our cultural and historical survey of wine [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/wine

Reader Recommendations

[21]rszbt Interesting! RT @[22]berfrois: China in a Very Fast
  World [23]t.co/bH8Q1vSo [Archive]  #[24]economics"
  #[25]DanBreznitz #[26]browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      22. http://twitter.com/berfrois
      23. http://t.co/bH8Q1vSo
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#economics
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#DanBreznitz
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/season-sinji-by-jl-carr

[29]A Season in Sinji by JL Carr
    Links:
      29. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/season-sinji-by-jl-carr

[30]Ed Smith says: I think the interesting thing about sport in
  literature is that nearly all great books about sport aren’t really
  about sport [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ed-smith-on-my-life-and-luck
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Wild Ride Hits End
    Links:
      32. https://thebrowser.com/videos/wild-ride-hits-end

Newt Gingrich's campaign remembered, by the Huffington Post [33]More
  videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Darryl Pinckney, on black history
    Links:
      34. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/may/24/big-changes-black-america

"Although black people are in the mainstream, black history isn’t,
    because basic things about the history of being black in America
    have to be explained again and again"

[35]More quotes
    Links:
      35. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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